Marissa Hermer, Blogger
Marissa Hermer is co-founder of Soho Restaurant Top Dog, Special Projects Director for Ignite Group’s Boujis, Bumpkin and Eclipse, and star on "Ladies of London".
"Chelsea really feels like a community neighbourhood."
Describe your perfect weekend.
We try not to plan anything on the weekends, as we like to hunker down with the family. Saturday mornings we are up early – pancakes at home and then a walk to Duke of York Square Farmers Market where the kids love the empanada stand and fresh juices – and then they run around in front of the Saatchi Gallery while my husband Matt and I have our morning coffees.
We might all go into the Saatchi Gallery to check out the latest exhibition and then buy the papers and head home for lunch and then it’s kiddie naptime / Mummy Daddy papertime! Saturday afternoons we usually meet up with friends in Cadogan Gardens and then stay local for dinner.
On Sunday mornings, we always head to Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, where the kids run around from the monkeys and bunnies and sandpits – we love it there – it is a safe place for the kids to run around so Matt and I can relax a bit more. Sunday afternoons, we always go to Family Dimsum where we always order too much on the menu and the kids make an enormous mess with spring roll crumbs everywhere – but we are in and out so quickly that no one has time to get mad at us.
Which 3 words would you use to describe Chelsea?
Neighbourhood, convenient, home.
What is your earliest local memory?
On my first weekend trip from New York to London – to visit my now-husband – Matt gave me a walking tour of Chelsea and I remember walking down all the sweet little streets and wondering if one day I would make this my home… well, I have!
I love Joseph, Donna Ida, Bobo Kids, Van Peterson Jewellery, Sarah Chapman, Chanel
Best place to relax?
Best place to have fun?
Eclipse, at the bar drinking Watermelon Martinis with friends.
I love Bumpkin (of course I’m biased!), Scalini and Franco Manca for pizza.
Our local Admiral Codrington is always a good spot to catch up with friends.
Any local secrets/gems?
It isn’t a secret, but I love the local shopping at Andreas on Cale Street for fruit and veg, Jago our butcher, and The Chelsea Fishmonger for our fish – I love buying food from local farms.
Favourite Chelsea story/anecdote?
I do love our Bumpkin Chelsea Summer Parties in our garden – we invite our friends and neighbours for summer Pimms.
The local ‘thing’ that makes you smile?!
Chelsea really feels like a community neighbourhood. Our Ignite Offices are around the corner from our house, as is our gym (KX), and our sons go to school just around the corner – so whenever I’m walking out of the house, I bump into someone I know and it all feels very friendly and cosy.